Expat Cyprus News

Latest 10 news items tagged Cyprus

11 May at 6 PM 2020

Favourite expat and tourism hubs plan safe corona corridors

Three popular tourist destinations are setting up a ‘corona corridor’ to allow visitors. For Greece, Cyprus and Israel, tourism is one of the most important revenue generators and is also one of the sectors potentially destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously, the lockdowns and quarantines caused by the virus have forced the closure of a huge number of expat and locally-owned hospitality businesses from hotels through restaurants and bars at all levels as well as threatening the failure of low-cost airlines and...
4 May at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats on Cyprus urged to apply for residency by December

Since the turn of this year, the coronavirus has dominated the media, displacing Brexit as a major threat to British expats living in the EU. Even the most enthusiastic leave voter couldn’t have imagined any happening which might distract attention away from Britain’s EU divorce. Now that the pandemic is a threat to lives, economies and the very structure of modern-day life, those expats still fearful as to their rights to stay in their chosen home countries and travel at will are even more scared they might not live to experience...
1 May at 6 PM 2020

Expats in Spain fearing Cyprus style bank runs after poor bank results

Concern is growing amongst British expats in the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol as to the coronavirus's effect on Spanish banks. Where finance is concerned, the vast majority of British expats have long memories and haven’t forgotten the Cypriot banks’ raiding of expats’ bank accounts in 2013. With another worldwide financial crisis brewing thanks to the pandemic, any bad banking news is being taken seriously by Britons in Spain’s expat retirees hubs along the Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca. According to local English...
2 Apr at 6 PM 2020

Cancellation of cruise leaves Cyprus-resident expat seniors in UK limbo

A group of British expat retirees living in Cyprus are trapped in their former home country after their cruise ship was sent back to its British port. Passengers from the ship told Cypriot media reporters the dream Caribbean cruise had started from the UK but was caught up in the chaos due to the pandemic and was instructed to immediately head back to its British home port. Once the Cyprus-based passengers had arrived, they were told they would be repatriated the following day, but they later learned there were no flights available....
30 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Expat-run pet rescue shelters on Cyprus desperate for funds

Expat-owned animal rescue shelters on Cyprus are being hit hard by the pandemic. It’s not just expats and locals who’re being affected by Cyprus’s increasingly tough anti-pandemic measures – it’s also animal rescue centres on the island. Cyprus’s lockdown began last week, at the same time as the Cypriot government announced a €50,000 emergency fund grant available to animal welfare organisations. However, the shelters themselves are now explaining the amount is far under what’s needed to keep them going indefinitely....
24 Mar at 6 PM 2020

Spain closes all hotels due to worsening infection rates

British expat businesses in Spain face ruin as all hotels close. As Spain’s coronavirus statistics soar, the government has given an order that all hotels must close today, adding tourists must make arrangements to leave the country as soon as is practicable. In addition, the hard-hit country is now in lockdown, with a ban on leaving home unless it’s totally necessary. According to the British Foreign Office, visitors and expats wishing to return home should make immediate travel plans via contact with an airline or tour operator....
24 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Is Northern Cyprus a potential new location for British expats?

Could North Cyprus become a popular destination for Brit retirees and expat professionals? Would-be expats keen to move to Cyprus inevitably think of the island as British through and through, forgetting that the north of the island is as Turkish as the south is Greek. Attempts to bring the two halves together again following Turkey’s failed invasion began 45 years ago, but both Brits and Turks seem unable to reconcile their differences. However, since Brexit became a fact of life, the North’s PM is hoping the UK’s departure...
13 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Brit expats in Cyprus in fear due to huge increase in burglaries

Expats in Cyprus are being warned about targeted burglary attacks. The Cypriot village of Pissouri is home to a thriving expat community, most of whom originated in the UK and are now retired. Over the past several months, the numbers of break-ins of expat homes has spiked, leading to the conclusion that expats are the main target. In an interview with reporters from the local English language newspaper, one British expatriate said it’s undeniable that there’s now a huge problem in the village, adding that Pissouri is well known...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Numbers of Brits in Europe see significant decline

The number of British expatriates living in Europe has fallen to an all time low. According to a report from the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, the total numbers of British expat pensioners living in European Union member states have fallen to the lowest level in the past five years. For the past several decades, Europe has been the number one destination for British retirees looking for a warm, affordable location offering a better quality of life than that in the UK. Spain was the all-time favourite, with as many as...
3 Feb at 6 PM 2020

Cypriot government admits problems with registering disabled British residents

As British expats on Cyprus rush to register, the government is struggling to find a way to make the process easier for the disabled UK community, many of whom suffer from restricted movement. As Brit expats on Cyprus attempt to register with the local authority, the island’s Ministry of the Interior is trying to find ways to make registration easier for the estimated 5,000 disabled Brits living across the island. Some 60,000 British citizens are living, working or retiring in Cyprus, with many now involved in the constant rush to...